Community . . . God's Way




Blake Coffee is the founder and Executive Director of Christian Unity Ministries.  A Christian author and speaker, he is called to a ministry of equipping God’s people to experience the genuine Biblical community in which they were designed to thrive. Also an attorney, his law/mediation practice has been in San Antonio, Texas, but his ministry of reconciliation and unity spans the globe.

For more than 20 years, God has given Coffee a message for the church about interpersonal relationships.  In need of a simple Bible Study to use as a teaching tool in his work with congregations, he wrote Five Principles of Unity and self-published it for that limited purpose.  In just a few years, almost completely by word-of-mouth, that material made its way into churches all across America and around the world.  Already in its third English language edition and also published in 3 other languages, over 20,000 copies have been sold and thousands of other copies given away.

Having directed Blake to a ministry of reconciliation in local churches, God has given him both a passion and a message for unity in the Body of Christ. He has worked with hundreds of congregations, both healthy and conflicted, teaching Biblical models of reconciliation. Blake is also the author of Trusting God’s People…Again (VMI Publishers, 2007) and One Body: Experiencing Unity in the Church (Texas Baptist Leadership Center, 1999) and a contributing author to Pastor, Staff, and Congregational Relationships (Dallas Baptist University, 2014).

Coffee is a 1982 Cum Laude graduate of Texas Tech University and a 1985 graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law. A member of the National Order of Barristers, Blake then sharpened his litigation skills as a courtroom litigator with the Austin law firm of Wright & Greenhill until April, 1995.

As a part of Blake’s testimony he describes a sense of God’s call to a broader ministry.  Blake left his partnership in 1995 and developed his own mediation practice. At the same time, he began to develop a ministry of congregational intervention—a ministry which has grown into what is now Christian Unity Ministries. In addition to these responsibilities, Blake still holds a position Of Counsel to the San Antonio law firm of Shelton & Valadez, P.C., but the vast majority of his time is now spent in this ministry.

Coffee is married to Kappie and they have two adult daughters. He currently serves as a deacon and Bible teacher at San Antonio’s First Baptist Church.


John Litzler serves as Director of the Church Law Division of Christian Unity Ministries. Combining his legal passion with his Christian faith and upbringing, John provides legal representation to churches and religious organizations throughout Texas and consulting services to churches and religious organizations across the country.

John graduated from the University of Texas, Austin in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and from Baylor Law School with his J.D. in 2011. While in law school, John competed on interscholastic moot court and mock trial teams and served as President of Baylor’s Christian Legal Society.

John started his legal career practicing alongside his father, James Litzler, at Litzler Law Office. He also taught law courses to high school students attending Jack Singley Academy in Irving ISD. John currently serves as legal consultant for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

John lives with his wife, Stefanie, in San Antonio, Texas, where Stefanie serves as the minister to children at Shearer Hills Baptist Church.